A Guide to Finding the Best Boat Names
Choosing a Name for Your Boat
You have just found your perfect boat. It has everything you could wish for and more. It's practically shouting, "Buy me, buy me!"
"Wait a minute," you say. "I could never ride in a boat with a name like that!"
Alas, naming or renaming a boat is not a task to be taken lightly; it requires thought and careful consideration. The name of your boat may reflect the type of boat or something personal to you, or even a mix of the two. Let's take a look at some possible names for different types of boats.
Speed Boat Names
If you have a speedboat or a racing sailboat you may want to opt for a name that is synonymous with speed. This could be something that not only sounds fast but puts fear in your opponent's mind. Let's imagine there's a boat called "Sunshine Seeker" racing against a boat with the name "Greased Lightning." Where would you put your money if betting on a winner?
In the end, it's all about the ability to maneuver a boat at speed, but having a speedy name and a slick appearance never hurts. Here are some examples of suitable names for this type of boat:
- Lickety Split
- Greased Lightning
- Flying Lady (notably from a Rolls Royce)
- Blew By Ya
- Breaking Waves
- Wake-Up Call
- Bad Boy
- Razor's Edge
- Silver Bullet
Imagine any of these flashing in the face of your adversary as you go racing past and into the lead. Satisfying, isn't it?
There are two types of sailing—racing and cruising. For racers, you may want to see the names for speed boats above. For pleasure sailing, you'll find some suitable names below. Unsurprisingly, 'wind' features heavily in these names, though names of clouds can also be used to great effect.
- Summer Wind
- Second Wind
- Wind Dancer
- Ocean Breeze
- Peaceful Wind
- Sailing Free
- Sails Call
Ahh, I can almost picture the wind filling the sails and hear the water splashing against the bow.
Foreign Names for Boats
The use of foreign names has always been a popular choice, especially among those who want to appear well traveled or wish to conjure up a desire for further travel. That being said, if you are only going to use your boat to cruise in English-speaking areas, perhaps these aren't for you.
- Carpe Diem (Seize the Day or Seas the Day)
- La Bella Vita (The Beautiful Life)
- Ohana (Hawaiian term for extended family)
- Whãnau (Maori term for extended family)
- Adagio (Slow Tempo)
- Adios (Goodbye)
Fishing Boat Names
If you're picking a name for a fishing boat, you have many options to choose from. Whether the boat is for charter or personal use, you can select names associated with fishing tackle or simply the pleasure of fishing.
If you offer a boat charter business, the name should reflect the image you are trying to project. No one wants to go luxury cruising on a boat called "Bait Master," but if they are chartering the boat for fishing, then it is a great name.
- Gone Fishin'
- Catchin' Dinner
- Avid Angler
- Bait Master
- Bigger Game
- Reel Deal
- Reel Satisfaction
- Fishin' Magician
How could you not catch something with names like these?
Humorous Boat Names
I personally love seeing a boat with a humorous name. To me, it conveys that the people inside are fun people; they are enjoying themselves and not concerned with what other people think about them or their boat. Here are a few of my favorite examples.
- Broke but Afloat
- Called in Sick
- Going Seanile
- Your Place Oar Mine
- What's up Dock
- Sleeping With Oars
Relaxing Names for Boats
There is a fast-growing number of boats with names that conjure up pleasant, relaxing thoughts. Indeed, the idea that you can just sail away and take a break from the real world while leaving your problems onshore is a lovely one. Below are a few suggestions.
- Mental Floss
- Stress Less
- Kindred Spirit
You can almost feel the pressure of a landlocked life floating away as you cast off the bowlines.
Alcohol-Related Boat Names
There are also many boat names related to alcohol, which can be fun as long as you don't draw unwanted attention from the port authorities.
- Three Sheets
- J & B
- Shaken not Stirred
- Comfortably Numb
- On the Rocks
- Wine Down
- Sip & Dip
Mythological Boat Names
Many people prefer to use a name from Greek mythology. Below are a few of the more popular ones.
- Phaedra (Bright)
- Adonis (God of Beauty and Desire)
- Pegasus (The Flying Horse)
- Poseidon (God of the Sea)
- Zephyr (God of the West Wind)
- Boreas (God of the North Wind)
- Eurus (God of the East Wind)
- Notus (God of the South Wind)
- Odyssey (Epic Voyage)
Is It Bad Luck to Rename Your Boat?
The renaming of a boat is something that is cloaked with superstition, and many still believe bad luck will befall you if you rename a boat. Let me explain. When most trading was done by ships, they carried their reputations with them. As such, when one arrived in port to do business, it was greeted and welcomed because over time the locals had developed a relationship with the traders aboard. If a ship changed its name, it was treated with suspicion, and a new relationship had to begin.
If you have purchased a boat and you truly cannot live with the name, you must do the following:
- Remove everything that has the ship's previous name. Don't forget keychains or life preservers. Stickers with the name may come off with a special cleaner that removes adhesive. Otherwise, you can use a scraper.
- Notify the Coast Guard of the name change and provide proper documentation.
- Once you are sure you have removed everything, you will need a christening ceremony. Invite some friends and bring the champagne. Not the cheap stuff, either, as some of it will be offered to the Gods of the Sea.
- Make a speech to the boat and notify her and the Gods of the name change. Toast her, the Gods, and her new name. Splash champagne across the hull. There is no need to smash a bottle on the boat.
Boat Renaming Ceremony
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Questions & Answers
Can you help us with a boat name for a pontoon? My husband is retired; USN Sr. Chief, he now works for the Federal Aviation Administration flying over airports to inspect them. We love to putz around our lake, swim and have a few drinks. Our last name is Morehouse. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
© 2012 Mary Wickison